Eastbourne’s beaches get a shingle blast

The sight of the dredger Sospan Dau “rainblowing” on the beach close to Eastbourne Pier this weekend drew the crowds.

The dredger drew close to the beach where it discharged a mixture of sediement and water to create a mound of material high on the foreshore.

The dredger on Eastbourne seafront.

The dredger on Eastbourne seafront.

It’s part of a five-year beanch management strategy to replenish shingle beaches along Eastbourne’s seafront.

The work is being carried out by Pevensey Coastal Defence Ltd and involves 12,000 cubic metres of shingle.

According to Eastbourne Borough Council, if this shingle was delivered by road it would involve around 800 lorry movements and take several weeks to complete.

For a more environmentally-friendly option, shingle was sucked from the sea bed of a licensed area off the Owers Bank near the Isle of Wight by the dredger Sospan Dau, taken to Eastbourne and delivered to the beach over high tide.

The dredger comes close to the beach to discharge a mixture of sediment and water using a technique known as ‘rainbowing’ that creates a mound of material high on the foreshore. Discharge takes about two hours.

The work started last Friday and should take a week to complete with areas around the Bandstand and either side of the Pier being replenished.